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Poster: guyzilla Date: Dec 1, 2010 10:33pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Good point. Even after hanging out here for a year and a half, sometimes I still find the issues of copyrights and trademarks confusing, like how the Superman cartoons can be here. But they are here, and long before I discovered the Archive, I could find them available in different collections in stores by scores of different video companies. When I was talking about Godzilla, I was just going by gut instinct. I have, over the years, found many Godzilla movies on tape by some of the same distributors. It kind of makes me wonder about all the Gamera movies that are here. What's their status and has it ever been checked out? I know Alpha sells those but wouldn't the same rule apply to Gamera as Godzilla?

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Poster: skybandit Date: Dec 2, 2010 6:49am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Gamera was translated into English by two different US companies, Sandy Frank and Titan Productions. Titan's fell into the Public Domain, and the original Japanese company Daiei went bankrupt in the 70's, so some of their licensing fell through the cracks. Toho never had those problems, and when they regained all their copyrights they made an arrangement with Good Time Videos to allow them to keep distributing some of the older Godzilla films that were once PD. Not EVERYTHING from Alpha (or most other PD film distributors) is PD.